Found in the Layssard family papers Kate Grant’s novel “From Blue to Gray, or the Battle of Colfax” offers a snapshot of a community in the first throes of representing its trauma to posterity. Within the manuscript’s hastily written pages is an example how the tools of fiction can be deployed domesticate and contextualize horror to benefit of its story’s heroes and history’s victors.
Miles, John David
"Colfax, Kate Grant, and the Domestication of Reconstruction’s Violence,"
Civil War Book Review: Vol. 21
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